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  • Government backs international e-consumer site

    New Zealand has joined a 12-country initiative to boost consumer rights on overseas e-tail sites.

  • IBM boosts mixed nets with new AS/400 servers

    Users of Linux, Windows NT and OS/400 will be able to manage their networks less expensively and run multiple applications and operating systems on several low-end to high-end iSeries (AS/400) servers IBM Corp. unveiled last week.

  • NetPro releases Active Directory tool

    The Active Directory toolbox available to IT executives will get a little deeper next week.

  • Japanese pack 1,000 GB into 1cm-cube memory

    When Bill Clinton spoke to students and administrators at the California Institute of Technology in January 2000, the then-U.S. president talked of future breakthroughs in technology that would lead to a device the size of a lump of sugar which could hold the contents of the U.S. Library of Congress. Now, the market debut of such a device may be in view in Japan, a group of engineers and scientists from Kyoto University and Central Glass Co. Ltd. said Tuesday.

  • Hardened OSes boost e-commerce security

    With businesses, organizations, and government agencies exploiting interactive Web-based technology to deliver online services to employees, customers, and suppliers, Web servers have become the pivot point that connects authorized users to databases and internal network applications. Unfortunately, Web server architectures are exceedingly susceptible to security attacks, especially those Web server architectures that are built on universal OSes.

  • IBM VP: the "sole alternative to Oracle"

    Olivier Rafal of Le Monde Informatique magazine spoke to Marc Dupaquier, vice president worldwide of IBM Corp. Software Group, Data Management Sales, about the company's announcement that it plans to acquire Informix Corp.

  • SAP delivers on CRM vision

    SAP has delivered its new release of mySAP customer relationship management (mySAP CRM) at its e-business conference, SAPphire, in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Cisco wields the axe

    Cisco Australia has begun the painful process of culling its local head count, with the cuts falling heaviest in its Channel group, e-commerce and marketing.

  • Intel takes compiler research to China

    Intel on Thursday announced a partnership with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing to conduct advanced software compiler research.

  • NAB: ViewCast offers do-it-yourself streaming

    ViewCast Corp. says next week it will begin offering a streaming media capture and delivery service for small businesses. The company demonstrated its EZStream service for the first time here at the National Association of Broadcasters conference.

  • Torvalds autobiography speaks to dweebs

    My apologies to John Griffin, but after reading Linus Torvalds's autobiography Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary, I feel that a better title for the book might be Dweeb Like Me. Not that being a dweeb, a geek, or a nerd is a prerequisite to enjoying it, but if you are dweeb, this book is for you.

  • No refunds here, says government

    E-Minister Patricia Hewitt yesterday quashed rumours that mobile phone operators may receive refunds from the government on cash shelled out for 3G (third-generation) licences.

  • Alcatel restructures after sluggish Q1 report

    French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel SA said on Thursday it will restructure the company in light of its sluggish first quarter financial report and expectations of slower sales in the telecommunication sector for the year.

  • NEC sales, income up but DRAM, LCDs disappoint

    NEC reported full-year results Thursday that were broadly in line with analysts' expectations, and at the same time moved to stem growing losses in the semiconductor sector by effectively withdrawing from memory chip, notebook display panel and laser printer production.

  • EU denies internal split on 3G network sharing

    The European Commission denied Thursday that it is split on the question of whether to allow network sharing on the beleaguered 3G (third generation) mobile phone networks due to open up in June of next year.

  • Microsoft gives a virus to its support customers

    Microsoft said on Thursday that files on one of its Web servers had been infected by a virus, and could have been downloaded by customers of its corporate support services in the U.S.

  • Microsoft, Qwest buddy on MSN Internet Access

    Microsoft and Qwest Communications International forged a pact in which Qwest will sell MSN Internet Access and Microsoft will buy Qwest services, Microsoft said Thursday.

  • Startup looks to disrupt metro optical economics

    Another company has surfaced that claims to be able to shrink eight to 10 racks of functionality into one, and even into one shelf.

  • Micron dumps PCs

    Micron Electronics has decided to sell its PC business, MicronPC, to an unnamed private company.

  • IT downturn hits Europe

    The slowdown in IT spending being suffered in the U.S. has now properly hit Europe, according to a study by financial analysts Merrill Lynch.